First off, it’s been a while since I’ve updated, breaking the golden rule of having a blog. Well, this is more for me than anyone else, so I’ll live.
It’s been summer ‘visit’ season, and I’ve either been visiting someone somewhere on my days off, or we’ve had a house full of guests & family. It’s been a nice summer.
My struggling first year Centennial hop vine has finally produced a few hops. The picture to the left you can see a few hops I harvested today. This is from a rhizome I planted late spring in a large pot. You can see the information on how I did that here. I should have in total about 3 times this amount in the next two weeks. Not enough to brew a batch of home brew, but something I can dry hop with or something.
I’ll likely brew up a pale ale and dry hop with these centennials.
Some things I’ve learned this year and will improve upon next year. Well, mainly just one main thing.
I will place my pot and entire hop plant in full sunlight.
We get such a limited amount of sun in Portland, that the hop plants need every minute of direct light they can get. This is not the Yakima Valley (where I grew up) and we only get a good couple of months of sun here in PDX.
I also plan to propagate this Centennial using a method you can see here by ‘weirdbeer’ on youtube.